Josiah A. Scarritt journal

Josiah A. Scarritt journal

Dates: 1790-1816

Materials include a handwritten journal created by Scarritt. The journal includes various reflections by the author on his life. Scarritt writes a brief biographical sketch of his life from his birth in 1790 to June 1815, focusing much on his religious experience as a young man and his conversion to Christianity. After this point, the journal is more daily entries for the remainder of 1815 up to July 1816, and include Scarrit's service as a Methodist preacher, particularly in the city of Conway, New Hampshire. Collection also includes and an original pouch used for carrying the journal and a cloth cover in which the journal was stored at time of acquisition. Dated 1790-1816.

  • Extent: 1 box (0.25 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Scarritt, Josiah A. (Josiah Atkins)
  • Call Number: MSS 3124
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Original journal is condition restricted; permission to use item must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services. Please use transcript of original.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Josiah A. Scarritt journal must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 3124; Josiah A. Scarritt journal; 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 3124, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Origin of materials unknown.
Acquisition Information
Origin of materials unknown.
Subject Terms
Conway (N.H.)--History; Home and Family; Social Life and Customs; Men--New Hampshire--Diaries; Men--Religious life--Diaries; Scarritt, Josiah A. (Josiah Atkins)--Diaries
Genre / Form
Diaries; Transcripts
Processing Information
Processed; Megan Furcini; 2011. Record updated; Ryan K. Lee; 2015.
Appraisal Information
LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1, November 2013).
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Finding Aid Title
Scarritt (Josiah A.) journal
Finding Aid Author
Megan Furcini
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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-07-01 14:36:12 -0600.
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Biographical History

Josiah A. Scarritt (1790-1865) was a Methodist preacher in New Hampshire in the early 19th Century.

Josiah A. Scarritt was born in Southington (now Wolcott), Connecticut on December 16, 1790, to Nathan and Abagail Scarritt. His family later settled in New Hampshire. Scarritt's parents were Presbyterian, and at an early age he was taught to revere the Bible and remained a religious man throughout his life. He was converted to Methodism and became a preacher of the faith in around 1815, preaching primarily in and around Conway, New Hampshire.

Josiah A. Scarritt died in 1865.

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